50 cal. single shot pistol


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trog
April 9, 2010, 11:23 AM
First time on site.
Got back int muzzleloaders last fall. I am shooting a TC grey hawk .50 cal side lock. I am looking at a .50 cal side lock pistol. Anyone have any expernice or opinnions on these pistols. will be used mainly for pleasure.

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badpenny
April 9, 2010, 11:29 AM
they are fun to shoot and with a little practice are accurate.i have caplocks from lyman in .54 caliber.30 grains of 3-f and a .530 ball is a good load for it.25 or 30 with a .490 would work for you

trog
April 9, 2010, 12:11 PM
Thanks for replying badpenny. Ishoot 240 grain conicals (hornady) in my grey hawk. Think a 9" pistol would stablize this bullet?

grimjaw
April 9, 2010, 09:05 PM
I have a Pedersoli 'Kentucky' .54 caliber percussion pistol. It's been accurate and fun at the range. I've only tried it with round ball, but it's grouped well enough with that.

desidog
April 10, 2010, 11:14 AM
I think most all of the single-shot pistols have bbl twists for patch and ball - balls are easier to mold than conicals, and cheaper to buy too.

I got two Lyman Great Plains pistol kits a couple years ago when they were on sale - they are a lot of fun.

arcticap
April 10, 2010, 02:38 PM
Pistols such as the Lyman Great Plains and Traditions Trapper
generally seem to shoot the hand cast Lee Real bullets very well.

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=151518&highlight=Lyman+plains

Traditions has the .50 Buckskinner for $149 in their Bargain Bin
that's a pretty unbeatable deal for a new percussion pistol.

http://www.traditionsfirearms.com/eshop/10Expand.asp?ProductCode=P13600

http://www.traditionsfirearms.com/eshop/products/P13600(R).jpg

trog
April 10, 2010, 03:26 PM
The traditions buckskinner looks like agreat buy. I like laminated wood anyhow.
Has any one tried one?

arcticap
April 11, 2010, 12:28 AM
Being a newer model, the Buckskinner hasn't received many reviews. It has been hiding out in the bargin bin and I haven't seen it advertised for sale anywhere else. And not everyone likes laminated wood quite as much as we do! ;)
If the Traditions Trapper serves as any indication, then the Buckskinner should shoot just as well except that it only has a single trigger.

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